Thursday, October 30, 2008

Give Respect To The Seniors, Says Sachin

Master-blaster batsman Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar said that the senior players in the Indian team must be respected for the "major contributions" they have made over the years.

Lashing out at the critics, Tendulkar said that it was up to the seniors to decide the time and place of their retirement.

While speaking to a news channel, the batting maestro said, “We all know when to move away from the sport. But people have their opinions. Sometimes these opinions are not correct. But still one is made to believe that yes this is the right opinion and all kinds. I think this should be left to an individual. Having said this, we have played enough to know exactly when to move away from the game. The individuals will take their decisions when they feel it’s the right time.”

He said that the seniors in the team felt that there was not enough respect shown to them.

Commenting over Sourav Ganguly's decision of retitrement, Tendulkar said, “I was surprised by Sourav's decision to quit. I am sure it must have taken him a long time to reach there. And it's a big decision. But if he feels that it is the way to go, then we all should respect his decision.”

The five seniors of the Indian cricket team- Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble – were criticized for their poor performances in the Test Series against Sri Lanka. As a result of this, the selectors dropped Ganguly from the Irani Trophy, which led the latter to announce his retirement from the game.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The runs will come: Dravid

The Australians may or may not succeed in mastering reverse swing in the limited time they have had between Tests, but Rahul Dravid isn’t the kind who would take a chance. Gary Kirsten had scuffed the new ball on one side and ready to give Dravid some throw downs.

The India coach did manage to sneak a few balls through Dravid’s defence, but that’s what the India No. 3 will try to avoid in the third Test.

“It has been little disappointing for me. I played on good wickets in Bangalore and Mohali but couldn’t convert the good starts. Generally, when I am batting well, I know that runs will come and this is how I feel right now. I will just try and keep batting well, keep the routine and runs will come. As a matter of fact, my runs-per-ball average is pretty good in this series. I think you have to be a little patient and I am ready to be patient,” he said.

Known to follow the basics to the T and keeping a simple approach to the game, Dravid said the bottomline of this 1-0 series margin is the fact that India played better cricket when it mattered. “Let’s try and keep things simple, there has been talk of reverse swing and certain factors outside the game but I think the reason we won was because we batted, bowled and fielded well,” he said.

Personally for Dravid, Kotla has given him some good memories: “Anil’s 10 on 10 is one of them and I haven’t played a Test match where I wasn’t on the winning side. So we hope to wind up the series here,” he said, adding that the Aussies wouldn’t take things lying down.

“The Mohali defeat will be hurting. They have had a lot of success over a long period of time. They have not seen many failures and would be keen to come back. But rather than thinking about them, we will focus on our preparations,” Dravid said.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Thorpe suggests Rahul to retire:

Mr.Graham Thorpe (Former english batsman) has suggested Rahul to retire from international cricket.

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In his words:

"Hopefully Dravid will know that he is well past his best and not let his pride get in the way. He should accept that he has had a good long international career and make life a bit easier for coach Gary Kirsten rather than waiting for the tap on the shoulder to say 'thanks for everything'.

It certainly won't be an easy decision for Kirsten because we all remember what happened when one of his predecessors Greg Chappell tried to get rid of Ganguly.

These players are icons and the backlash eventually saw Chappell fall on his sword and Ganguly get back into the side. I don't think in the UK we fully understand in what high esteem these players are held.

From personal experience I know that deciding when to hang up your boots is the toughest decision in the world.

Sourav Ganguly has decided to end his career after India's current series against Australia and I think Rahul Dravid should follow him. He is now really grinding out the runs like the way I was at the end of my career.

You have to admire his strength and his courage to stick it out but he is not showing any of the fluency that has seen him score over 10 thousand runs at an average in excess of 50.

Old Father Time also seems to be catching up with Anil Kumble as well. He didn't take a wicket in Bangalore and then missed the second Test in Mohali with a shoulder injury. His body is letting him down and it's getting tougher for him with injuries.

One Test is a little too early to say that the young leggie Amit Mishra can instantly step into Kumble's shoes but he looks an exciting talent and they need to start bringing some of the younger players in.

The last thing Kirsten wants is for four or five guys to all retire at the same time and he needs a gradual changing of the guard. Guys like Gautam Gambhir have been around for a little while now and have done a good job.

But I think Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman still have some mileage in them. They are playing well enough to stay on and could cause England some problems again this winter."

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I think Rahul has been quite unlucky for many of the matches he played recently.He has got the starts, but failed to convert them into biggies, thanks to bad-luck and poor umpiring.Though he has not got many runs for over an year, he still has a lot to contribute which he is capable of.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Rahul gets prestigious life membership of MCC

Rahul Dravid along with Anil Kumble and Shaun Pollock will get honorary life membership of the prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
The trio, who are also in MCC's World cricket Committee, will be presented with official club ties by MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson.
"Anil, Rahul and Shaun are huge names in the sport who contribute much to the game and whose expertise is invaluable to MCC's World Cricket Committee. We are delighted to welcome them as MCC Honorary Life Members," said Stephenson.
The World Cricket Committee will also meet in New Delhi later this week to discuss the current issues affecting the game. The committee will then make a series of recommendations aimed at improving the game and its governance.
Stephenson said that the two-day meeting, slated for Saturday and Sunday, will cover a range of topics from the impact that Twenty20 competitions are having on international cricket to a comprehensive review of the use of technology for the purposes of decision making.

Kumble and Dravid will give a players' verdict on the Umpire Decision Review System; MCC President Derek Underwood will ask the committee to consider whether there is a decline in spin bowling around the world; and guest Inderjit Bindra, who is International Cricket Council's (ICC) Principal Advisor, will outline the successes and future direction of the Indian Premier League.

"Free from considerations of politics, money and race, the MCC World Cricket Committee can and does act solely in the interest of the sport and its players. The game of cricket needs debate and forthright opinion, now more than ever, and we can expect more healthy discussion in New Delhi over the coming days," Stephenson said.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Congrats Sachin!

The little master was seen in smiles after quite a long time when he broke Lara's record to become the highest run scorer in test cricket.
Here is what his mates said after his achievement.

"It is a great effort for him and a great honour for all of us. It is a great moment for Indian cricket and I am happy that I have seen most of these 12,000 runs being scored by him from the dressing room," Kumble said while congratulating Tendulkar on his historic feat.

Ganguly
, who will retire from the game after the four-match Test series against Australia, was fulsome on his praise of Tendulkar with whom he shared the dressing room for the last 13 years."It is a fantastic achievement, kudos to him. He is a phenomenal player. It has been a great honour to share dressing room with him for the last 13 years," Ganguly said.

Dravid
hailed Tendulkar as a "great champion" who truly deserved the feat."It is a phenomenal achievement. He is a great champion and his achievement is truly well deserved," Dravid said.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

We can now fight back in the match: Dravid


Having clawed their way back in the first cricket Test against Australia with a brilliant batting by the lower order batsmen, Rahul Dravid today said India had to remain positive as "anything could happen" on a track which is showing signs of deterioration.
Dravid struck a fighting knock of 51 to revive India's fortunes before Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan joined hands to rattle up an astonishing 80-run partnership for the eight wicket to bring the hosts back into the match.
"Their (Harbhajan and Zaheer) partnership has given us a bit of hope. We know that wicket is not going to get easier as the game goes on. Still Australia has to bat third. I know they're tired at this stage. We still got to be positive.
"We still got to keep believing. A lot can happen on this wicket. Anything can happen and I think we're very positive," Dravid told reporters at the post-match press conference.
Dravid said the key for India lies in narrowing the lead and then taking early Aussie wickets.
"We can get a few more runs tomorrow. Maybe put some pressure on them by taking some early wickets when they bat. Obviously we're behind a little bit, but not far behind that we cannot fight back.
"We saw Clarke and White getting some turn. If our spinners can also do the same, two interesting days of cricket is left from here on," Dravid said.

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Wall at the Chinnaswamy Stadium:

Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid, who was honoured by the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) for his outstanding contribution to Indian cricket, said he was honoured to be associated with six legendary batsmen including Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara in the exclusive club of scoring 10,000 Test runs.

The other two in the 10,00-run club are the former Aussie captains Allan Border and Steve Waugh.

"I am truly honoured to be associated with such legends and when I was told about a wall being erected at the Chinnaswamy Stadium to encourage youngsters from achieving their dreams by the KSCA secretary Brijesh Patel, I was really humbled. It is a great experience to be amongst so many outstanding personalities who have gathered here and I don't have words to describe the feeling," Dravid told the gathering before the 'The Wall' was unveiled by master batsmen Sachin Tendulkar on Monday.

"My sincere thanks to Sachin (Tendulkar), Anil (Kumble) and Venky (Venkatesh Prasad) and all the other cricketers from Karnataka who have gathered here on this special occasion," Dravid, who was accompanied by his parents, added.

Tendulkar unveiled 'The Wall', a unique 27 by 15 feet structure next to the main gate of the stadium, conceptualized and built by Skyline Group. 'The Wall' has many interesting features. It comprises 10,000 units that represent David's 10,000 plus runs in both forms of cricket (Tests and ODIs). The highlight of 'The Wall' is a large metal statue of Rahul Dravid playing his trademark cover-drive. There is a live electronic unit, at the right-hand-top-corner of the wall, which displays Dravid's current score in Test cricket, even as he keeps the scoreboard ticking.